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New York - Art Deco to Art Now - 9 nights from $8500

New York Art Deco to Art Now

Art Deco to Art Now
Continuing her sold-out series ‘Art Deco to Art Now’, Claudia Chan Shaw turns her attention to New York City, renowned for its rich heritage of Art Deco and embrace of the Jazz Age.

On this tour, see, experience and marvel at New York’s most identifiable architectural style beginning with a fresh look at well-known landmarks such as the Chrysler Building and Chanin Building, followed by a discovery of hidden gems in Brooklyn, the Bronx and beyond.

Then, come right up to date with the art and architecture of today, plus a feast of opera, music and theatre.

This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.

At a Glance
> Stay 10 days in Manhattan, the heart of New York City
> Discover the extraordinary Art Deco heritage of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx
> Enjoy three special full-day tours, crafted exclusively for Renaissance Tours by the Art Deco Society of New York
> Catch up on the new Whitney Museum, the Highline, MoMA, the Chelsea Art District and more
> Enjoy the latest Broadway shows, new productions at the Met, a performance ‘off Broadway’ and a special jazz brunch

Claudia Chan Shaw is a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, collector and artist. Claudia contributes to design and collecting publications and has
curated a number of fashion exhibitions. Her ongoing photography series Poster Boy was presented as part of the 2016 Head On Photo Festival. She is the current curator of the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival and her Rabbit Lantern installation delighted Sydneysiders during the 2016 and 2017 Chinese New Year Festivals. Claudia was co-host and presenter on
ABC TV’s popular program, Collectors. Her subsequent book Collectomania: From objects of desire to magnificent obsession, navigates the world of collectors and celebrates collections both
strange and beautiful. Claudia led the popular Members tours "Art Deco to Art Now: China" in 2015 and "Art Deco to Art Now: Miami & Cuba" in 2017.

Nights: 9
Departs: New York, USA
Deal ends: Until Sold Out. Space is limited.
Operator: Renaissance Tours


Tour price includes
• Accommodation in a centrally located four-star superior hotel with breakfast daily ( B )
• Meals as per itinerary ( L =Lunch, D =Dinner). Wines with meals
• A-reserve tickets (or best available) for three performances
• Lectures and talks with your tour leader throughout
• Sightseeing, including entrance fees as per itinerary, in comfortable air-conditioned coaches
• Gratuities for local guides and drivers
• Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include
• International airfares
• ESTA Pre-Authorisation application to visit the USA
• Airport transfers on arrival and departure
• Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, room service etc.
• Travel insurance (a condition of travel)
• Airport porterage

Your hotels
New York – The Lexington New York City Hotel,
Autograph Collection
NB. Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted


Friday 05 January 2018 Arrive New York
Suggested departure from Australia with Qantas; arrive in New York late-afternoon on the same day. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.

Sat 06 Jan New York
After breakfast, join Claudia for a welcome briefing and talk. Begin your exploration of New York with a look at the major Deco icons that are part of Midtown’s celebrated skyline. Stop at the Daily News Building and the world-famous Chrysler Building designed by William Van Alen. Across Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street, view the brick and terracotta Chanin Building with its sculptural relief by Rene Paul Chambellan. Continue to the General Electric Building to see its elaborate Art Deco decoration of lightning bolts showing the power of electricity and see Raymond Hood’s colourful 1932
McGraw Hill Building. Get transported back to the joie-de-vivre of Paris of the 1930s during brunch in the intimate Paris-inspired restaurant, Chez
Josephine. Continue to Downtown, an area boasting a great concentration of 1920s and 1930s skyscrapers, including memorable works by Ralph Walker, architect of the Barclay-Vesey Building, arguably New York’s first Art Deco tower, as well as the former Western Union Building and 1 Wall Street. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. B L D

Sun 07 Jan New York
This morning visit the Rockefeller Centre, built by the business magnate John D Rockefeller Jr. Enjoy a guided tour through the Centre’s most significant buildings and spaces and view the intriguing and beautiful art work that permeates the venue, such as ‘joie’, a breathtaking three-storey cascading chandelier by artist Michael Hammers. Ascend 70 floors into the sky and take in the breathtaking views of New York City from the ‘Top of The Rock’
observation deck. Follow with a decadent Sunday brunch at the famous ‘Rainbow Room’, a quintessential New York venue. The remainder of the day is at leisure. B L

Mon 08 Jan New York
After breakfast, enjoy an early-access guided tour of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), often identified as the most influential (and certainly one of the largest) museums of modern art in the world. The museum’s collection offers an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of contemporary architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artists’ books, film and electronic media. This afternoon, take a tour of Radio City Music Hall. Explore the Art Deco public areas, meet a Rockette and go behind the scenes of this iconic New York entertainment venue. B

Tue 09 Jan New York
Today we view New York’s luxury Art Deco residential buildings along Central Park West which include The Century, The Majestic, The Eldorado and Ardsley Apartments. Continue to the northern tip of Manhattan to visit Washington Heights, a residential neighbourhood perched high above the
Hudson River. Now easily accessible to Wall Street and Midtown Manhattan, Washington Heights sprouted dozens of six-story apartment buildings, many of them built in the Art Deco style. Stops include the entrance to a 1930s subway station designed by Squire J. Vickers, residences along Fort Washington Avenue and Cabrini Boulevard and one of the city’s few Art Deco religious structures, the Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights
(originally the Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist). Next, head to the Bronx, a borough filled with Art Deco splendour. Travel along the Grand Concourse, a grand boulevard of Art Deco residences, featuring corner casement windows, colourful geometric brickwork, and sunken living rooms. Stop at the Rainey MoMA © Bruce Berrien/Flickr Gates at the Bronx Zoo, and public buildings such as the Bronx County Court House and the Herman Ridder Junior High School, recently restored to its 1931 grandeur. B L

Wed 10 Jan New York
Travel through SoHo and Chelsea, the heart of New York’s avant-garde art world. Begin with a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art. Founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the museum houses a superb collection of 20th century work by leading exponents, including Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, David Smith, Frank Stella and Roy Lichtenstein. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the revitalised former
Meatpacking District, now officially known as Gansevoort Market. Take a walk on the High Line, a 1.6 km linear park built on a section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line, which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan. Tonight, enjoy a performance ‘off Broadway’ (performance details to be announced). B L

Thu 11 Jan New York
Today, begin with a visit to the borough of Queens and its choice collection of Deco structures. See two rare Art Deco churches, the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia Airport, a gorgeously ornamental bank in Forest Hills, a late Modern theatre, two department stores and an unusual surviving nightclub in downtown Jamaica. Lunch is at the famed 1972 Jackson Hole Diner, which harks back to the iconic Art Deco diners of the 1930s.
Continue to the borough of Brooklyn. View Flatbush in the borough’s centre, the small but stunning skyscraper by Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray; an elevated subway station, and the borough’s central library. Complete the day with a visit to Brighton Beach, at the far end on the Atlantic shore. B L

Fri 12 Jan New York
This morning visit the magnificent Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum located on Fifth Avenue. The Guggenheim is home to one of the world’s most integrated collections of modern and contemporary art in one of the greatest modern architectural icons of the 20th century.
Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a concert or show at the Met, Carnegie Hall or a Broadway theatre (performance details to be announced). B

Sat 13 Jan New York
This morning is at leisure to browse the shops or visit galleries. Celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a Broadway show (performance details to be announced) followed by a farewell dinner. B D

Sun 14 Jan Depart New York
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Suggested return flights to Australia with Qantas leaving New York in the early evening via Los Angeles, and arriving in Australia early-morning on Tuesday, 16 January. Same-day onward connections to other cities.

Dates & Departures 

05–14 January 2018

Per person, twin-share
AUD 8,500

Single supplement
AUD 1,500

Terms & Conditions 

Offers subject to availability. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking.


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